Phillies Can't Hold Down Marlins; Fish Win 11-5

The Phillies seemed sluggish agains rookie Dontrelle Willis, but battled back for a slim 4-3 lead. Unfortunately, Mike Williams and Carlos Silva couldn't come close to holding the lead and the Phillies lost to the Marlins 11-5 Friday night in Miami. The Marlins have now beaten the Phillies six straight times and trail the Phils by just four games in the NL wild card race.

Mike Williams (1-4) was supposed to add depth to an already solid bullpen. Instead, he found a new way to inflate his ERA. Williams gave up four runs without allowing a hit as the Florida Marlins rallied for eight runs in the eighth inning and posted an 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

After rookie Dontrelle Willis rebounded from his worst start by yielding just one run in six innings, the Phillies touched the Florida bullpen for three runs in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Pat Burrell in the second, the left-hander retired 12 straight Phillies before fellow rookie Marlon Byrd opened the sixth with his fourth homer.

Clinging to the one-run advantage, Philadelphia called upon Williams, who was acquired from Pittsburgh on Sunday. Williams provided anything but relief, issuing two walks and committing an error before forcing in the tying run with a walk to Mike Lowell.

Williams' wildness proved infectious, as Carlos Silva entered and walked in another run before uncorking a wild pitch that scored Ivan Rodriguez for a 6-4 lead. Things only got worse for Silva, who walked Derrek Lee to load the bases before surrendering four consecutive RBI hits, including rookie Miguel Cabrera's two-run single.

Ugueth Urbina (1-0) benefited from the Phillies' bullpen implosion, getting the win despite allowing a three-run homer to Placido Polanco.

Lee collected three hits and Juan Pierre drove in two runs and stole two bases for the Marlins, who have won six straight meetings with Philadelphia.

After Cabrera's single gave Florida an 8-4 cushion, Alex Gonzalez ripped a double to left to plate Lee. Todd Hollandsworth followed with an RBI single, and Pierre capped the scoring with a run-scoring base hit.

Nate Bump started the seventh in relief of Willis, who allowed three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The right-hander yielded an infield single to Jimmy Rollins and retired Tomas Perez before giving way to Armando Almanza, who walked pinch hitter Nick Punto. Urbina came on to strike out Byrd but could not get Polanco, who launched an 0-1 offering over the left field wall for his eighth homer and a 4-3 lead.

The Marlins took a 3-0 lead against Phillies starter Brett Myers, who has not lost since June 11. Lee belted a one-out home run before Cabrera and Gonzalez stroked back-to-back singles. Willis followed with an RBI double to deep left and Pierre, whose two stolen bases raised his major league-leading total to a career-high 48, added a sacrifice fly.

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